Hiding Places and Safe Places

Grown-ups have hiding places,
ones where we hide
from ourselves.
The bottom of a bottle
is a traditional favorite.
Toxic relationships are another.
In those, we just focus
on pleasing the other.
Conformity is a camouflage
of many different colors:
a church, a club, a cause.
But the most popular are
roles or titles:
mother, teacher, CEO,
policeman, criminal,
priest or ho,
even being gay.
You see, a long time ago,
we hid our patchwork
selves away.
But hiding places and safe places
are not the same.
Safety only comes
when we have nothing
left to lose.
When we no longer
cling to idols,
or hide behind an image.
Only when all else fails,
do we explore
the darkness inside.
Then coming face to face
with our emptiness,
we find God
and peace.

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of seven, 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-seven years. Blog: Laughter: Carbonated Grace

Posted on August 10, 2012, in Spiritual and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Have you read Joan Didion’s essay, “On Self-Respect,” in Slouching Toward Bethlehem? You’d probably really like that. I think you can Google it.

  2. hmmmmm….this caused me to pause and reflect. I love it and love you!

  3. Beautiful and thought provoking.

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